Little Girl Builds ‘Birthday Boxes” for Fellow Classmates Who Can’t Afford Celebrations

Most children eagerly await one special day of the year when they celebrate becoming one year older. Birthdays are a time when children can celebrate their life with friends and family while receiving lots of gifts, eating their favorite foods, and having a blast!

Unfortunately, not every child’s parents can afford to give them the birthday they deserve, which is why a 7-year-old little girl decided it was time to change that, beginning with her school.

Bella Smith, like most kids, really looks forward to her birthdays, but it’s not because of the gifts she receives, but rather her chance to offer presents to other kids!

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A student of Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky, Bella, who’s in the third grade, was once told by one of her classmates that his family could not afford to throw him a birthday party. Sadly, Bella attends a school where 80 percent of students are living below the poverty line. After learning how some of her classmates were unable to celebrate birthdays due to their family’s financial situation. That’s when she decided to step in and help.

During an interview with Good Morning America, Marlana Evans, Bella’s mother and one of the teachers at her school, said:

“The school she attends is a Title 1 school, which means 80% of the population here is impoverished — so we have students that struggle with a lot of things.” she adds, “She’s always had a heart for people and always been extremely kind and helpful toward other people.”[1]

The idea that one of her classmates would not be able to celebrate their birthday broke Bella’s heart. She said:

“I just kind of felt down, kind of. I went from happy just to kind of miserable.”

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That’s when she decided to do something about the situation by launching “Bella’s Birthday Boxes.”

Bella said:

 “Not all people have as much as I do. I want to share a little bit of my birthday with them.”

To substitute receiving gifts, she asks for contributions and supplies to help build her special birthday boxes. These boxes are then distributed to students in her school through the Family Resource Center. Bella and her mother would put together boxes containing icing, cake mix, sprinkles, candles, balloons, and other goodies like party hats.

Although she’s already shared her blessings with lots of children, Bella refuses to take credit for her good deeds. She said:

 “I thank God for the opportunity for letting me be able to shine my light and show that I love my neighbor.”

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But, of course, Bella’s mom is very proud of her daughter. Evans said:

“She’s a very good girl with a big heart.”

Within one year, Bella packed over 65 boxes. Because of this, there are 65 children whose birthdays will be a lot happier as a result of Bella’s efforts. The little girl said:

“It don’t matter if it’s here in London or Alaska, it don’t matter and you can help whether when you’re 2, 4, 8, or 102.”

Several local and national news outlets picked up Bella’s heartwarming story. And when Pillsbury learned of her good deeds, they offered to donate some cake mixes to add to her birthday boxes. Even General Mills and Betty Crocker sent donations as well.

Evans said:

“We are currently in talks with a couple of groups who are going to attempt to help us bump up donations and pack lots more boxes. Our hope is to expand out to several more schools, and possibly the local nursing home.”

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In 2020, Bella’s Birthday Boxes distributed over 300 special celebration boxes to needy children.

You can watch a video about this heartwarming story below.

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  1. “Young Girl Shares Her Blessings By Making “Birthday Boxes” For Other Kids So They Can Celebrate Their Birthdays Too” Jumble Joy. May 2, 2022.

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